These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Florida For 2018
We used data and science to determine the places in Florida where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Florida, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Florida is somewhere in the middle.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Sunshine State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.
After analyzing 201 places in Florida with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
- Marco Island
- Longboat Key (Photos)
- Weston (Photos)
- Bay Harbor Islands
- Key Biscayne (Photos)
- Tequesta (Photos)
- Punta Gorda (Photos)
- Satellite Beach (Photos)
- Sanibel (Photos)
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:
How we calculated the safest cities in Florida
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 96 crimes committed in Marco Island which had a reported population of 17,947. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00535 which translates into a 1 in 187 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 201 places in Florida to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 201 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Florida".
The safest city, based on population, is Marco Island. The most dangerous? Florida City, where residents had a 1 in 9 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
1. Marco IslandPopulation: 17,947 Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 11 (2nd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 523 (2nd safest)
Taking the crown as the safest city in Florida for 2018 is Marco Island -- a classic example of everything that makes Florida great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 190.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 8,973 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
2. Longboat Key
Population: 7,343Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 708 (5th safest)
If you're thinking of moving to Florida and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Longboat Key -- the 2nd safest in the Sunshine State.
Longboat Key is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 141.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Longboat Key.
Population: 70,882Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 50 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 483 (1st safest)
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Weston ranks as the 3rd safest city in Florida.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Weston.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
4. Bay Harbor IslandsPopulation: 6,117 Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 16 (4th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 637 (4th safest) You might be surprised to find Bay Harbor Islands this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Bay Harbor Islands is surpised.
This gem of a place in the Sunshine State boasts the 4th best property crime rate and 4th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Population: 31,571Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 57 (8th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 538 (3rd safest)
Finishing just inside the top five is Parkland, FL.
You get what you pay for in Parkland -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,753 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Parkland residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Parkland in heartbeat.
6. Key Biscayne
Population: 13,113Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 15 (3rd safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,182 (12th safest)
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Key Biscayne, the 6th safest city in Florida.
The town of some 13,113 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Key Biscayne a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Key Biscayne?
Population: 6,003Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 13) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 66 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,082 (8th safest)
Tequesta is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Florida.
It has 1 in 92.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 1,500 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Florida.
8. Punta Gorda
Population: 18,466Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 64 (10th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,148 (10th safest)
The eighth safest city in Florida for 2018 goes to Punta Gorda. Let's see why.
There were only 12 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 212 property crimes to boot.
9. Satellite Beach
Population: 10,737Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (16th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 987 (7th safest)
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Florida, may we present Satellite Beach as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Florida, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
106 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 7th best in Florida on a rate basis.
Population: 7,395Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 81 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,162 (11th safest)
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Sanibel.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Sanibel residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 6 violent crimes and 86 property crimes in Sanibel; that's really good for a place of 7,395 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
There You Have It - The Safest In Florida
Looking at the data, you can tell that Marco Island is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Florida residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.Most dangerous cities in Florida:3rd Most Dangerous: Opa Locka 2nd Most Dangerous: Cocoa Most Dangerous: Florida City
Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Florida For 2018
|Bay Harbor Islands||4||4||6,117|
|North Palm Beach||12||11||13,023|
|Sunny Isles Beach||18||41||22,374|
|Indian Harbour Beach||20||14||8,523|
|Port St. Lucie||23||18||182,365|
|St. Augustine Beach||28||46||6,986|
|North Bay Village||38||47||8,552|
|Palm Beach Gardens||53||48||53,811|
|Village of Pinecrest||59||42||19,692|
|Royal Palm Beach||73||62||38,353|
|Fort Walton Beach||82||85||22,314|
|De Funiak Springs||91||128||5,927|